Christmas Countdown Starts On Sunday!

Christmas Countdown

Ready or not, here it comes: the 2014 Christmas Countdown organizing plan begins on Sunday, October 26 here at Organized Christmas!

Led by editor Cynthia Ewer, we'll work together to create a calm, stress-free holiday season for ourselves and our families. Breaking down Christmas preparations into small, easy-to-finish tasks, the Countdown will see us to the first weekend in December, prepared and ready for Christmas.

Beginning Sunday, we'll start a six-week Christmas organizing plan. Week by week, we'll break down holiday prep into easy-to-complete checklists, build a printable Christmas planner, and read inspiring daily messages to keep us motivated and in tune with the holiday spirit.

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Ready to get organized for a great holiday season? Here we go! The 2016 Christmas Countdown starts on Sunday, October 23 ... see you there!

Christmas Countdown

Beat the Heat: Make A Cool Tie!

Make a Cool Tie

Beat summer's heat with this sew-simple craft project: a cool tie!

This bright cotton neckerchief has a summer secret: a filling of water-absorbing polymer granules from the garden center.

Soaked in water, the cool tie's polymer granules absorb more than 200% their weight in water. Tied around the neck or worn as a headband, a cool tie provides all-day cool relief through evaporation.

A cool tie is simple to sew, requiring only a straight-stitch sewing machine. It makes a great gift for gardeners! Printable Cool Tie gift tags adds a splashy note to your hot-weather gift.

Make A Jiffy Pop® Popcorn Topper for the Fourth of July

4th of July Jiffy Pop Popcorn Topper Template

Looking for popping-good fun for America's birthday celebration? Make a Fourth of July Jiffy Pop® Popcorn Topper!

Add our free printable template to a package of Jiffy Pop® brand pop-in-pan popcorn for an inexpensive "popcorn topper" craft gift.

Share with family, friends or coworkers to bring a patriotic "pop" to Independence Day gatherings.

Patriotic Recipe: American Blessings Mix

American Blessings Mix

It's a sure-fire hit for patriotic celebrations like Memorial Day or the 4th of July: American Blessings Mix.

This easy recipe creates a simple snack mix favor to remind us of our nation's blessings.

Bagged in favor-sized gift bags and decorated with a patriotic poem, American Blessings Mix brings a festive touch to July 4th celebrations.

Follow the recipe below, and get packaging and assembly how-tos with our Blessings Mix Tutorial.

Rudolph Club - Month by Month to an Organized Christmas

Want to get organized for Christmas all year--but not work too hard?

Join the Rudolph Club at OrganizedChristmas.Com!

It's a once-a-month Christmas organizing plan, with monthly assignments for an organized Christmas. Working one day a month, you'll creep up on Christmas and cut holiday stress.

What's the Rudolph Club?

A few years ago, members of our online Christmas community began to observe "Rudolph Day" on the 25th of each month.

Apricot Nut Bread

Apricot Bread Recipe

Looking for a different holiday quick bread recipe? Try Apricot Nut Bread!

Tangy dried apricots give a pleasing taste and color to this succulent nut bread.

Bake it in mini-loaves for holiday giving.

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